One of the coolest things about street art is how fleeting it is. Even though there have been bans on spray paint, increases in fines, and hundreds of hoses aimed at brick walls, more and more street art crops up each and every day.
Next time you’re rushing through the city and you see a piece that captures your eye, stop for a second, admire, and snap a photo, because you never know when it’ll disappear.
Just take a walk through Pilsen and you’re bound to come across many of the spectacular murals this neighborhood houses. What started as a collaboration between the Chicago Urban Society and the National Museum of Mexican Art and Park Works has blossomed beyond the original plans.
Our Favorite: Hector Duarte’s House
This elusive street sculptor has left his mark all over Chicago. You may have seen his Albany Street Monopoly square, or the “chance cards” outside of Lula Cafe (one of our favorite brunch spots). There are even real vintage phones you can call and pick up, as long as you don’t mind the expletives in the message.
Our Favorite: Community Chest in Logan Square
While you may think potholes are a nuisance, they’re a bit more fun thanks to artist Jim Bachor. Using tiny tiles, he’s decorated potholes with flowers, text, and even ice cream cones! If you find yourself with a flat because of one, he may have even left an auto-repair shop phone number on one or two.
Our Favorite: Creamsicle in River North